Man bailed in borough electoral fraud probe

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A man arrested by police in the North East on suspicion of electoral fraud in Pendle has been bailed.

A 47-year-old man from Durham was arrested on Friday in relation to electoral fraud but he has been bailed until Wednesday, November 9th.

Police said the arrest followed reports of alleged financial irregularities in the local elections in Pendle in May of this year.

The arrest relates to a complaint put in by the Conservative Party who raised concerns about alleged postal vote fraud and voter intimidation in the Marsden ward in Nelson.

The Conservatives retained the seat with Coun. Tommy Cooney, the BNP’s candidate John Rowe was second and the Labour Party’s John Richardson was third in May’s election.

Police have said inquiries remain ongoing and Pendle MP Andrew Stephenson has welcomed the investigation.

He said: “We became aware of serious concerns in the Marsden ward and forwarded all of our evidence to the police.

“This appears to be the police continuing their inquiries on this matter which we very much welcome.”